“The switch” is something that many vapers are familiar with. It’s when you switch over from smoking to vaping in an effort to stop using tobacco products, and it’s a switch that thousands, if not millions, of people have made all over the world in recent years.
Here in the U.S., the FDA has decided not to allow vape shops like Aspen Valley Vapes to speak openly about using vaping to stop smoking. There is still a lot of research that needs to be done on vaping and the possible long-term health effects of it, so the FDA is forcing U.S.-based companies to be cautious about openly promoting vaping to customers.
It isn’t that way in other countries, though. The United Kingdom is particular is way more open to the idea of vapers using vaping products to stop smoking. Studies in the UK have suggested that vaping could be up to 95 percent less harmful than smoking.
The FDA doesn’t agree with that, which is why they aren’t allowing vape shops to promote their products as safe alternatives to tobacco. But places like the UK are more open to those kinds of studies. As a result, there are people in the UK who talk openly about turning to vaping products like e-cigarettes and e-juices to kick their cigarette habit.
Some of those people starred in a new short film called, appropriately enough, The Switch that was released in early February. It was produced by the National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training in partnership with the New Nicotine Alliance, and while it’s only six minutes long, it’s very informative and will give you a better idea of what “the switch” is all about.
Here is what you need to know about The Switch and why you should consider spending some time watching it…
What The Switch Is About
The Switch is, as its name would suggest, all about different people who have spent years smoking before switching sides and turning to vaping instead. Most of the people who are featured in the short film are a little bit older, and we would suspect that that was done intentionally.
Often times, vaping stories seem to revolve around younger adults who have fallen in love with e-cigarettes. And while we can appreciate them, they often seem to suggest that vaping is only for the younger crowd. But as you’ll see in The Switch, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
The Switch shows that there are many long-time smokers who didn’t realize the potential benefits that could come along with vaping. Many of them talk about their introductions to vaping and seem almost surprised that they didn’t spend more time trying to learn about e-cigarettes earlier.
Overall, The Switch focuses on how they started to see vaping products in a whole new light after trying them. It will give you a good glimpse at how smokers perceive vaping before and after trying it for the first time.
What You’ll Learn From It
One of the things that stuck with us most about The Switch was that new vapers seem to fall in love with vaping for all kinds of different reasons. There are some who like e-cigarettes simply because it allows them to simulate the act of smoking without putting the chemicals inside of cigarettes into their bodies.
But that’s just one of the many reasons the vapers in The Switch provided for turning to vaping. Others talked about the great flavors that come along with e-juices. There were also a few who focused on the nicotine levels that are available in e-juices and how they can help you cut back on smoking if that’s what you’re looking to do.
Even though the short film is only six minutes long, there is a lot of good, useful information crammed into it that sheds some new light on vaping and those who vape.
How It Will Change the Way You Think About Vaping
If you spend a lot of time reading about vaping in different U.S. publications, you have no doubt seen that vaping is put into a negative light on many occasions. The negative studies that surround vaping seem to be the ones that attract the most attention in the States.
For those people who have spent time reading about those studies, The Switch will provide you with a new vantage point. It will show you that, while we do need to continue to study and research vaping, we also need to pay attention to those who are openly advocating for vaping at the moment. They are more than happy to provide real-life testimonials about vaping.
That’s not to say that we should all take everything that is said in documentaries like The Switch at face value. Healthy skepticism is good for the sake of debate. But for once, it’s nice to see people talk about vaping positively in The Switch, and it’s important to remember that there are vaping success stories that people want to share in other countries, even if the FDA won’t allow for it much in the U.S.
Why Short Films Like The Switch Are Important
The Switch is obviously not the first pro-vaping film out there. If you didn’t catch it yet, A Billion Lives is another great documentary that is well worth your time. Whether you’re for or against vaping, it will change the way you look at e-cigarettes and other vaping products.
But The Switch comes along at a time when vaping is under attack and still trying to find its place in the world. So it will help balance out some of the media coverage vaping has received both inside and outside of the U.S. and UK And it’s important for people to watch it and draw their own conclusions about the potential benefits of vaping.
If you haven’t seen it yet, you can check out The Switch in the video above. Let us know what you think about it and what other good vaping documentaries you would recommend to someone who is interested in learning more about it.